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A Flame of Hypocrisy

KIM Jongkwan
Korea 100min 2K Color/B&W Documentary
Production StatusProduction
Goal of ParticipationFinancing, Film Festival Screening
Production budget100,000,000 KRW
Budget Required53,000,000 KRW
Secured budget Korea Film Council[Development Fund] : 7,000,000 KRW · Jeon Ju Film Commission[First Fund Grant] : 10,000,000 KRW · Jeollabukdo Contents Convergence Agency[Production Fund] : 20,000,000 KRW · Studio May (Self-funding) : 10,000,000 KRW
LOGLINE

A vice principal who took disciplinary action to save the lives of students. 42 years have passed as a hypocrite to his students. A story of the reconciliation of a hypocritical teacher in his 90s.

SYNOPSIS

May 27, 1980. The whole nation has been dead quiet since the massacre of the Jeollanamdo provincial government at dawn by the Martial Law Army, but Shinheung High School in Jeonju was an exception. All the students ran out of the classrooms into the school ground. The vice principal took disciplinary action against the school in order to not hand over the list of the students who led this movement. As a result, he became a hypocrite and the students rejected the class. Then the students burnt down the school’s main building. Eventually, he was forced to leave the school. The military government was demolished in the end as the students had wished for, but the misunderstanding between them got even deeper over the time of 42 years. The teacher is going to be 90 years old soon, and the kids are in their 60s. Now, they meet up to reconcile.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

May 27, the last day of the Gwangju Uprising, which started on May 18 in Korea. The students of a high school in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do resisted injustice with their hearts out and the teachers would not want to hurt the kids. The action that was the best for both parties caused hatred and misunderstanding over 40 years, and the ‘best’ only left scars behind. Without getting any support from adults or local communities for the acts of justice from the kids, 40 years have passed. Even though it is late, with this documentary film, I would like to record and inform the stories of teenagers in other regions who responded to the blood of Gwangju in May 1980, and of the teacher who had no choice but to become a hypocrite in order to save the kids.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
I first saw the footage of May 18 when I was a middle school student. I was so scared at the time that I didn’t even finish watching it, but the images of civilians injured by soldiers were not forgotten. The middle school student becomes middle-aged and is moved by the sense of participation of the students at the candlelight protests, and learns about the school where he watched the scary footage as a child, and the protests that took place in May 1980 at that school. The incident in the neighborhood where I grew up is not well known because no one was killed or injured, but the more I cover it, the more complicated it becomes, and the more it carries the burden of forty years of misunderstanding.
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
I want us to think about the personal pain and reconciliation that our society’s tortuous history has produced. The social devastation is still unresolved, and those who ordered the massacre on May 18 have not apologized. The generation that was directly or indirectly involved on May 18 is passing away, with the historical tragedy still far from being resolved. The desperate struggle to be human during a time of dehumanization has also led to many misunderstandings, and people have spent more than forty years hating each other. It’s time to start moving toward their reconciliation before it’s too late.
DIRECTOR
KIM Jongkwan
Earned a master’s degree from the Dept. of Film Studies at Dongguk University Graduate School. He directed around 200 educational programs on TV, he is currently producing a documentary film on modern and contemporary Korean history and social issues such as neoliberalism, environment, Gwangju Uprising, etc.
Down, Down, FTA! (2006), Record of the Closure Gupo Dog Meat Market, Dogs Day Go (2019), 5.18 and Me (2020)
PRODUCER
KIM Jongkwan
Earned a master’s degree from the Dept. of Film Studies at Dongguk University Graduate School. He directed around 200 educational programs on TV, he is currently producing a documentary film on modern and contemporary Korean history and social issues such as neoliberalism, environment, Gwangju Uprising, etc.
Down, Down, FTA! (2006), Record of the Closure Gupo Dog Meat Market, Dogs Day Go (2019), 5.18 and Me (2020)
CONTACTstudiomay2020@gmail.com
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